• Malaysian Grand Prix - FP2

Lotus yet to show its pace - Raikkonen

ESPNF1 Staff
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Kimi Raikkonen said he did not get a chance to show the full potential of the Lotus during Friday practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix and is hoping to make progress up the timesheets on Saturday.

Raikkonen was seventh fastest in first practice before a KERS problem left him 15th in the afternoon session. He says there is still plenty of work to do, but is confident changes to the steering system, which he was struggling with in Australia, and a working KERS unit will see him put in a much more competitive performance in qualifying.

"I hope we will make some progress tomorrow as the car is quicker than we've shown," Raikkonen said. "Having an issue with the KERS in the afternoon was frustrating but I'm sure we'll have it fixed for tomorrow. The track is exactly as I remember it and I hope for a better qualifying than we had in Australia. I'm looking forward to racing here.

"The steering was a small improvement but we are still working in this area. I feel fine in the car in the hot conditions, and the race will take place later in the day so I don't expect that to be a problem."

Despite the KERS issue, Lotus technical director James Allison said the E20 is looking like a strong package this weekend.

"Kimi's KERS was not playing ball for most of the second session which meant his pace was not fully representative. Those were today's nuisances, but the positives are that the E20 is working reasonably well. We have good base set-ups for both drivers. Tyre management looks OK despite the hot conditions. The pace of the car on high fuel loads looks promising."